May 14th, 2011

Saturday: Tigers vs. Royals

If you were wondering who would be batting third for the Tigers against left-handed pitchers, Ryan Raburn appears to be your answer. He bats in front of Cabrera and plays in left field. Brennan Boesch gets the day at DH. Casper Wells starts in right.

TIGERS

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Scott Sizemore, 2B
  3. Ryan Raburn, LF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Victor Martinez, C
  6. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  7. Brennan Boesch, DH
  8. Casper Wells, RF
  9. Brandon Inge, 3B
P: Brad Penny
ROYALS
  1. Mike Aviles, 2B
  2. Melky Cabrera, CF
  3. Alex Gordon, LF
  4. Billy Butler, DH
  5. Jeff Francoeur, RF
  6. Eric Hosmer, 1B
  7. Wilson Betemit, 3B
  8. Brayan Pena, C
  9. Alcides Escobar, SS
P: Jeff Francis

Postgame tidbits from Friday’s win

The stuff on the site, as one would expect, is all about Verlander. You can find it by clicking here and here. But I wanted to throw out some other tidbits before calling it a night:

  • Jhonny Peralta’s third home run in as many games marks the longest homer streak by a Tigers shortstop since Dick McAuliffe in 1966, which also was three. He’s now batting 13-for-35 in May with four walks, four home runs and 10 RBIs. And though it’s early, he has an .852 OPS going for the year.
  • Speaking of streaks, Victor Martinez has a base hit in 12 straight games thanks to his second-inning single. His streak of three-hit, three-RBI games ended at three, but his averaged stayed up at .333. Didn’t think that one day, the guy batting behind Miguel Cabrera in the Tigers lineup would get intentionally walked one day, did you?
  • On the flip side, Miguel Cabrera is batting 6-for-33 over his last 10 games. Half of those hits have come in his last three games.
  • Should be interesting to see Saturday who bats third in the Tigers lineup with Magglio Ordonez out. Brennan Boesch will continue to hit there against right-handed pitchers, but Leyland wouldn’t give an answer against left-handed pitchers. The Royals send lefty Jeff Francis out to the mound Saturday.
  • Leyland complimented former Tigers catcher Matt Treanor on his block of home plate that forced Austin Jackson to try to get around him and reach to touch home plate. “Great play,” Leyland said, “because he beat the throw easily.”
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